UK coronavirus live: Hancock announces local lockdown for Leicester

Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in September

9.39pm BST

Hancock said there are many potential reasons why the outbreak has occurred in the way it has in Leicester, but that he would ensure that other directors of public health understand those reasons.

Imposing a local lockdown on Leicester with additional measures to those already in place is in the local as well as national interest, he said, and stressed the citizens of Leicester would receive the government’s full support.

9.32pm BST

Rakesh Parmar, who owns Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe in Leicester city centre, told the Press Association that the further restrictions will affect him “financially very, very badly”.

He said: “The impact of coronavirus hit us on March 23, we closed for 10 weeks, and then opened again on June 15 – it’s been one long slog.

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